WSOP November Nine Profile: Joseph Cheong

Posted at 14:02 2010-10-06

Over the coming weeks PokerNetwork will be taking a closer look at the men of the "November Nine" as we build up to the most eagerly-anticipated final table of the calendar year - the World Series of Poker Main Event!

Seat 2: JOSEPH CHEONG (La Mirada, California, USA – 23,525,000)

Joseph Cheong is used to being the smartest guy in the room. He paid his way through College, earning two degrees (Psychology and Economics) along the way, playing cards. Now the 24 year old Korean-born San Diego-raised professional poker player is able to fund his lifestyle full time from his online tournament earnings.

While Cheong won’t be the most experienced player coming back to the table in November, he certainly isn’t a pushover by any measure. His past live poker circuit highlights include $17,541 for winning a lead up event at the WSOP Circuit San Diego stop, and $16,071 for a 36th in the NAPT Venetian Main Event.

These are impressive results for someone who considers live events to be a nice change of pace from his day-to-day grind online. Playing under his online moniker “subiime” is where Cheong is really in his element. He is ranked in the top 500 players online, has over $1 million in earnings to his name and has shipped the Triple Crown - twice. He knows how to play in big field MTTs having previously take out a Mini-FTOPS event.

This is not Cheong’s first WSOP appearance. He played in 2009 where he failed to cash despite playing in nine events. A lesser player may have been put off by this, but not Cheong. He hardened his resolve and improved his game in anticipation for another shot in 2010. It paid off handsomely.


Joseph Cheong came into the final day of play with the chip lead and was looking good. He very well should have finished the day with the chip lead except for a cruel beat. Things took a turn for the worst early on after Filippo Candio sucked out in a pot that would have put Cheong way out in front. Preflop, Cheong three-bet and Candio elected to call going heads up to a {6h}{5c}{6c} flop. Cheong fired out and Candio raised big. Cheong then moved all in and after time in the tank Candio made the call tabling {7s}{5s} against Cheong’s pocket aces.

Thing’s looked great for Cheong, even after the turn {8x} gave Candio outs to the straight. Unfortunately it hit with the {4c} river to drop Cheong right back into the field.

After the beat Cheong kept his composure where many would have lost their heads and he went right back to work, finishing the final day with 23,525,000. This will see him start in third place in November.

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